what is a grimoire

What is a grimoire?  We will get to that in a moment. So, how many of you watched Charmed? I love the original series, as well as the reboot. Anyway, I coveted their Book of Shadows.  I wanted one of my own and I finally made one. In this post, I’m going to give you some tips for building your own as a new witch, along with some ideas you can use to make your own.



What is a Grimoire?

It’s a book where a witch keeps her spells, which is also called a Book of Shadows. It’s meant to be a reference guide and it’s something you can pass on to your children and your children’s children, assuming they become witches, too. Below are some things to consider when creating your own.

Digital or Physical

Some witches choose to use a physical book, others prefer to keep their Book of Shadows in the cloud. I have a digital grimoire that is open to anyone, along with spells on this site, as well as a physical private spell book I keep at home. I also work on spells in Google Keep, so there are always a few random ones there.

There are pros and cons to each approach. One thing I like about a digital grimoire, is the convenience level. It’s there for you, on any device, anytime you like and it’s easy to share with others. Although, there is something special about having a book in your hands.

If you would like to go the digital route, some apps and programs you might find helpful are Google Keep, Evernote, OneNote, or even Pinterest.

Organizational Methods

What sort of information will you store in the grimoire? Is it just spells? Do you want to have a reference guide for magical tools like candles, tarot, herbs, and so forth? It’s up to you to decide. Will you create a section for each of these items? Do you want to sort out your spells as well?  By item? Subject?

Before you start building a grimoire, figure this out, and save yourself some time. Trust me, it can be a real pain in the behind to create one and then have to rearrange everything.

How to Make One

Assuming you go the paper route, some people go all out and do the handmade method. They make their own paper and create their own cover. I’m not one of those witches. I’m a fan of lazy witchcraft. In my opinion, ain’t nobody got time for that. If you do enjoy the “craft” in witchcraft, this is an excellent time to use your creativity.

Buy One

Another way to build a grimoire is look for a pre-made journal and then hand write your spells into it. You could check out Etsy, there are a lot of handmade journals that might suit your purposes.

Or you could get a pretty binder for your grimoire. Since witchcraft is fluid, and you may be changing up the kinds of spells you do all the time, this kind of set up would allow for change. It’s much easier to rearrange.

Some Tips

  • Your grimoire should be both  pretty and helpful. After all, it is a symbol of your power and craft. Make sure to put your own personal spin on it.
  • Consider durability. Make sure it can hold up to a lot of use. Remember your hands are full of oils and it will take a toll on the pages eventually. You might want to use plastic sheets to protect your spells or consider laminating them.
  • Don’t forget to consecrate your grimoire.
  • Decorate your grimoire. Personally, I’m a fan of washi tape and different colored pens. But you could also use pressed flowers and herbs, pictures from magazines, stamps, pictures you print out from Pinterest. Anything you’d like.


Do you have a grimoire? Tell me about it in the comments below.